What We Do
At Madagascar Oasis we work with Madagascar’s national and largest zoo: Tsimbazaza Zoo, to increase the effectiveness of its captive lemur outreach. A major portion of our activities involve refurbishing and updating the zoo, which houses several species of lemur and is often the only way in which urban Malagasy citizens are able to interact with their country’s most famous animals.
Our work also focuses on increasing urban well-being by creating green spaces (parks with trees, flowers, and other vegetation) throughout the capital city of Madagascar, which is home to over 2 million people. We help improve the environment here for better health of residents and to educate children to appreciate nature from an early age.
How We Protect Lemurs And Other Wildlife
One our larger projects at Madagascar Oasis involves the renovation of the Tsimbazaza Zoo, which accommodates over 400,000 visitors per year. The zoo, which is one of the only ways that the capital city’s 2 million residents can see lemurs, is key to many in-country outreach programs. In fact, schools from a 200 kilometer radius make sure to send their students on class trips to the zoo on a yearly basis. Given the zoo’s high visibility and importance to lemur conservation, Madagascar Oasis aims to transform the zoo into a showcase where citizens and tourists will be able to appreciate Madagascar’s biodiversity. As such, we are refurbishing the zoo’s basic infrastructure, including rebuilding pathways and providing lemurs with newer and more spacious enclosures. We have been working on this project since May 2013, and will also work to ensure that plant and animal descriptions across the zoo are updated, uniform, and informative. We hope that this important work will increase visitation by 15% which amounts to an extra 5,000 visitors per month!
What Lemur Species We Protect
Our work with Tsimbazaza Zoo helps protect the lemur species it houses, including:
- Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)
- Brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus)
- Black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)
- Red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer)
How We Support Local Communities
Our philosophy at Madagascar Oasis is to only initiate projects that fulfill a need in the local community and require minimum maintenance once they are complete. We make sure to always involve the local community throughout the projects we undertake, including prioritizing projects, gaining approval from decision-makers, implementation, and handing the project over to a local entity.
We ensure that programs set up by us continue, following the hand-over to a local organization. This involves providing technical training where necessary and discussing ideas with local communities of how revenue could be generated to ensure program continuity.